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World at a Glance: The Stonehenge of Tonga

Did you think stone henges was a phenomenon limited to Europe? Think again. The Ha’amonga ‘a Maui trilithon might be much smaller than the remarkable site at Salisbury Plain, but legends and mysteries surround this Tonga stonehenge as well. How were these heavy coral lime stones lifted and set into place? Surely no mere mortals […]

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World at a Glance: Beslan memorial in San Marino

Wandering about in tiny San Marino, the world’s oldest republic, I stumbled upon this boy with the troubled face – a monument to victims of the school siege in Beslan in 2004.

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Monaco: All that glitters

Welcome to the glittering, glamorous Monaco. That’s what the Monaco – Monte Carlo railway station says, don’t you think? A quick peek at the boats in the harbour confirms that Monaco does indeed exude glamour.

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The Republic of Užupis – a micro-nation

A highlight during a recent visit in Vilnius was the quirky micro-nation Republic of Užupis, an artists’ colony that declared its independence in 1997.

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Marvellous Malbun

Malbun is a tranquil, lovely mountain village in Liechtenstein. Small clusters of Alpine homes on green meadows look adorable from above.

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The Lesotho Incident

It’s a hot January day and I’m in a minibus, flying across a Lesotho mountain road, wondering whether the holes in the windscreen are caused by bullets…

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Tiny Triesenberg

For most, Liechtenstein is a quick stop to check off yet another country on their list. They only stop for an hour at most, in the capital Vaduz – and leave with a very incomplete impression of this ancient Alpine country. The little principality has much more to offer, so I recommend you spend a […]

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